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Legislation #: 090533 Introduction Date: 6/18/2009
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Condemning hate crimes and hate speech.

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6/18/2009 Filed by the Clerk's office
6/18/2009 Adopted

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Condemning hate crimes and hate speech.

WHEREAS, on June 10, 2009, an armed assailant with ties to white supremacist organizations, a conviction for a violent crime, and a history of anti-Semitic and racist activities opened fire at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and

  WHEREAS, security personnel at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Park Police, and other emergency responders, responded quickly and valiantly to ensure the safety of museum visitors and staff and other bystanders; and

  WHEREAS, Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, who had worked at the Museum for six years, was fired upon by the gunman and later. tragically succumbed to his wounds; and

  WHEREAS, on the morning of June 11, 2009, a member of the Kansas City media distributed personal emails to several City Council offices, in which he made offensive, anti-Semitic comments; and

  WHEREAS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation records show that law enforcement agencies reported 7,624 hate crime incidents involving 9,006 offenses in 2007; and

  WHEREAS, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported in February 2009 that the number of hate groups had risen by more than 50 percent since 2000, from 602 to 926; and

  WHEREAS, hate speech can be defined as speech intended to offend a person or group of people based on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, language ability, ideology, social class, occupation, appearance (height, weight, hair color, etc.), mental capacity, or any other distinction that might be considered by some as a liability; and

  WHEREAS, hate crimes are criminal acts or hate speech when motivated against an individual because of his or her status; and

WHEREAS, hate crimes and hate speech do not belong in a civilized society, and must be condemned; NOW, THEREFORE,



  That the Mayor and Council of Kansas City, Missouri condemn the violent attack on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2009, honor the bravery and dedication of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum employees and security personnel, and denounce all communications written in bitterness or naivete, which express intolerance or hate, or perpetuate stereotypes of any kind.